Diffusing portable radiation detectors among first responders

Device acceptance and implications for community resilience 1

Authored by: Brooke M. Fowler , Irina Illes , Brooke Fisher Liu , Holly A. Roberts , Elizabeth L. Petrun , Gary A. Ackerman

The Routledge International Handbook of Psychosocial Resilience

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138954878
eBook ISBN: 9781315666716
Adobe ISBN: 9781317355946


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In the past decade, the US government has employed new national security technologies to meet rising security threats, technologies such as explosive, firearm, and chemical and biological weapons detectors (e.g. Hofer & Wetter, 2012, p. 278). Despite past tragedies such as the September 11 terrorist attacks and the important role police play in our society, there remains a gap in understanding how effective communication along with other motivators can enhance police technology adoption. In turn, effective technology adoption can enhance community safety and resilience (Anderson, Knutson, Giles, & Arroyo, 2002), though research on first responders’ role in community resilience remains understudied (Wyche et al., 2011).

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